In a heartwarming tale of compassion and resilience, Susan Simon discovered a tiny, fallen baby bird on her porch.
After realizing that the wind disturbed the nest, she took it upon herself to care for the fragile creature.
“We went to town, and when we came back, the baby was on the ground again — still alive. I took him inside and Googled ‘how to feed a baby bird.’”
Susan diligently researched how to feed the bird and created a nurturing environment for its growth and development.
With unwavering dedication, Susan fed the baby bird every 15 minutes during the initial weeks, ensuring its survival.
“At first, he didn’t want to open his mouth — I think he was weak and cold,” Simon shared. “I got him to take some food, and then I had to feed him every 15 minutes for the first couple of weeks.”
She affectionately named the bird “Twerp” as it transformed from a naked and helpless hatchling into a fledgling with emerging pin feathers.
Susan monitored Twerp’s progress by weighing him regularly, rejoicing when his eyes finally opened.
“When I first found him, he was just a naked little thing with fuzz on his head about as big as my thumb. Then his little pin feathers started coming in, and he looked like a tiny dinosaur.”
Check out this video of Twerp eating and thriving:
As Twerp grew stronger, Susan moved him to a cage and gradually introduced him to the outdoors.
“I didn’t think I was going to be able to keep him alive, but I did.”
She took him out on the porch, allowing him to acclimate to the natural environment.
Over time, Twerp learned to fly independently, yet he maintained a strong bond with Susan, recognizing her presence and seeking her companionship.
To enable Twerp’s self-sufficiency, Susan provided birdseed feeders, attracting other finches to teach him the art of foraging.
“I would walk around the yard with him on my shoulder, and he would fly off into a tree, but then he’d come back.”
As Twerp’s skills improved, he gradually spent less time returning to Susan’s side, fully embracing his life in the wild.
Although Susan felt a mix of sadness and happiness when Twerp eventually left, she takes solace in knowing that he has found his rightful place in nature.
“I was sad when he left, but kind of happy that he was [now] where he was supposed to be.”
Perhaps one day, Twerp will pass on his resilience and survival skills by starting his own family on Susan’s porch.
Susan’s extraordinary journey with Twerp showcases the immense impact one person’s care and determination can have on a vulnerable creature, ultimately enabling it to thrive and find its place in the world.